Minnesota Vikings vs. Arizona Cardinals - 11/20/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Cardinals (4-4-1) at Minnesota Vikings (5-4)
NFL Football: Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 1:00 pm (U.S. Bank Stadium)
The Line: Minnesota Vikings 0 -- Over/Under: 41 See the Latest Odds
The Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings meet Sunday afternoon in a NFC NFL matchup at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Arizona Cardinals look for a big road victory to remain in the NFC playoff conversation. The Arizona Cardinals have won six of their last eight road games. Carson Palmer is completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 2,444 yards, 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Palmer has one or less touchdown passes in five of his last six games. Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson have combined for 1,140 receiving yards and six touchdowns while John Brown has 30 receptions. The Arizona Cardinals ground game is averaging 109.1 yards per contest, and Johnson leads the way with 760 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 17.8 points and 295.2 yards per game. Deone Bucannon leads the Arizona Cardinals with 68 tackles, Chandler Jones has seven sacks and Marcus Cooper has three interceptions.
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The Minnesota Vikings are desperate for a feel good victory that would snap a four-game losing streak. The Minnesota Vikings are 3-1 SU in their new stadium this season. Sam Bradford is completing 69.6 percent of his passes for 2,022 yards, 11 touchdowns and two interceptions. Bradford has one touchdown pass in five of his last seven games. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen have combined for 1,163 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Kyle Rudolph has 37 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 69.8 yards per contest, and Jerick McKinnon leads the way with 241 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 16.9 points and 308.8 yards per game. Harrison Smith leads the Minnesota Vikings with 63 tackles, Linval Joseph has three sacks and Andrew Sendejo has two interceptions.
The Cardinals are 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Vikings are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 home games and 36-15 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The underdog is 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
I'm concerned with the Vikings inability to run the football in this matchup, as a good Arizona Cardinals defense is going to force Bradford to make some plays. However, it's not like the Cardinals are playing consistent or good football in their own right. The Vikings have lost four straight, but three of those losses came on the road. At home, in their new place, the Minnesota Vikings have played well and found ways to win. So, in a pick em, I'm siding with the Minnesota Vikings at home.